We may hear and read of people who are offended at not being treated with what they consider due respect and deference. “Do you know who I am?” they shout indignantly. And we are reminded of the statement, “If you have to tell people who you are, you probably really are not who you think you are.” The opposite of this arrogance and self-importance is seen in Jesus, even as His life on earth was nearing its end.
Jesus entered Jerusalem to shouts of praise from the people. Matt. 21:7-9. When others throughout the city asked, “Who is this?” the crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee!” Matt. 21:10-11. Jesus did not come claiming special privileges, but in humility He came to give His life in obedience to His Father’s will.
The words Jesus said and the things He did command respect. Unlike insecure rulers, He never demanded that others respect Him. His greatest hours of suffering appeared to be His lowest point of weakness and failure. Yet, the strength of His identity and mission carried Jesus through the darkest hours as He died for our sins so that we might live in His love and be saved. – Daily Bread – David McCasland
“Who Are You”
– Carrie Underwood
Who Are You?
Who are you,
The one for who I’d really gladly suffer
Who are you,
The one I’d always love above another
You’re my world, you’re my hope, you’re all my dreams and all my heart.
He is worthy of our lives and our devotion today. Do we recognize who He is?
Lord, I am in awe of Your humility, strength, and love. And I am embarrassed by my desires for self-importance. May knowing You change every self-centered motive in my heart into a longing to live as You did in this world.
When once you have seen Jesus, you can never be the same. —Oswald Chambers
: The disciple of Christ should be preoccupied with exalting Him instead of self. The words “My utmost for His highest,” taken from Oswald Chambers’ classic devotional, express the goal of the follower of Christ.